South Dakota

Mon
16
Nov

Mixed Smoke Signals For Tribal Marijuana From DOJ

Why then have so many Tribal marijuana experiments been met with DOJ resistance? Is the DOJ treating Tribes more harshly than it treats the states? Or is it that so many Tribes have failed to comply with the tenets of the federal tribal marijuana memo?  It’s some of both.

The DOJ tribal memo provides as follows:

Wed
11
Nov

South Dakota: Medical Marijuana Supporters Submit Petition Signatures

PIERRE - An effort to legalize medical marijuana makes one step closer to getting on the 2016 ballot.

This happens just days after the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, fearing a federal raid, burned its marijuana crop as it's plan to sell pot temporarily goes up in smoke. 

Meanwhile, supporters of legalizing medical marijuana are not giving up.

The group New Approach South Dakota collected enough signatures to bring its petition to legalize medical marijuana to the state capitol and to voters.

It was a special delivery to the Secretary of State's office, more than 16,000 names of South Dakotans who support legalizing the drug.

Wed
11
Nov

High-awatha tribe torch cannabis crop to thwart raid

 

A South Dakota American Indian tribe that sought to open the nation’s first marijuana resort burned its crop after federal officials signalled a potential raid, the tribal president said yesterday.

Flandreau Santee Sioux President Anthony Reider said the tribe had three weeks of discussions with authorities that culminated with a meeting in Washington that included a Justice Department official and US Attorney for South Dakota Randolph Seiler.

Mr Reider said the tribe wasn’t told a raid was imminent - only that one was possible if the government’s concerns weren’t addressed. He said the main holdup is whether the tribe can sell marijuana to non-Indians, along with the origin of the seeds used for its crop.

Tue
10
Nov

South Dakota tribe burns marijuana crop

Fearing a federal raid, a South Dakota Native American tribe is burning its marijuana crop, which it had planned to sell in a resort on its land.

The "marijuana resort" would have been the first of its kind, but concerns that the stockpile could be confiscated led tribe leaders to incinerate it.

The tribe says it wants to show cooperation with federal officials for future negotiations.

Whether the tribe can sell marijuana to non-Indians has come under question.

Representatives for the US Department of Justice did not tell Santee Sioux tribe leaders a raid was imminent, but the government reserves a right to conduct a raid at any time and the tribe would risk one if all the concerns about the resort were not addressed.

Tue
10
Nov

Native American Pot Resort Plans Suspended Until Tribe Gets Legal Guidance From US Government, Report Says

An American Indian tribe that planned to open the nation’s first marijuana resort is destroying its crop and suspending the project until it gets legal guidance from the U.S. government. Pictured: Sioux Indians, whose ancestral land is located in South Dakota's Black Hills, perform a ceremony in 1997 at Brompton Cemetery in London.

Mon
09
Nov

Flandreau area residents against marijuana plan relieved

FLANDREAU, S.D. - After growing a marijuana crop worth millions, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe has decided to suspend its marijuana program.
Tribal attorney Seth Pearman says tribal leaders decided to destroy their current crop and pause production until the tribe can get in contact with the u.s. department of justice.

Since the tribe announce in June that it wanted to legalize marijuana and sell it on the reservation, people have been coming forward, questioning whether or not that's a good idea. And now after Saturday's announcement, many people say they are celebrating the decision.

“Thank God there's an answer to prayer", Flandreau resident, Bart Sample sighed.

Sat
07
Nov

Flandreau tribe temporarily suspending marijuana operations

Tribe destroying crop; hopes to work out solution with U.S. Department of Justice Buy Photo

Marijuana plants in the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe's growing facility Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in Flandreau, S.D.(Photo: Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader)Buy Photo

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is temporarily suspending its marijuana cultivation and distributing facilities and is destroying its existing crop as leaders seek clarification on regulations from the federal government, according to the tribe's lawyer.

Seth Pearman said the suspension is pivotal to the continued success of the marijuana venture and that tribal leadership is confident that after getting clarification from the U.S. Department of Justice, "it will be better suited to succeed."

Sat
07
Nov

Santee Sioux Tribe Suspends Marijuana Operation

FLANDREAU, SD - 

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is burning millions of dollars worth of marijuana intended to be sold in the nation's first pot smoking lounge on tribal land, KELOLAND News has confirmed.

A source tells KELOLAND News that the decision was made because the tribe didn't want to deal with the ongoing controversy with the federal government. Instead, they want to sell marijuana the right way and the safest way possible.

Wed
04
Nov

South Dakota campaign drives for medical marijuana

New Approach South Dakota is collecting signatures for a proposal to make medical marijuana legal.

The initiative would appear on the 2016 ballot if supporters can collect enough signatures by Nov. 9.

If the proposal appears on the 2016 ballot and is approved by the voters, it would:

• Legalize the medical use of marijuana for patients with a medical practitioner’s certification and one of several listed conditions, including cancer, AIDS/HIV, seizure disorders, PTSD, and severe pain.

• Allow patients and their caregivers to possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis and grow six plants.

• Create a licensing system to provide patients with safe access to medical cannabis, allow businesses to process, dispense and test medical cannabis products.

Wed
28
Oct

Flandreau marijuana plan could put issue before Legislature

PIERRE, S.D. — The Flandreau Santee Sioux's plans to sell marijuana in a lounge on tribal land will likely thrust the issue before legislators in the upcoming session, the head of the State-Tribal Relations Committee said Monday.

The committee discussed the tribe's marijuana operation, which is scheduled to open New Year's Eve. Democratic Sen. Troy Heinert, the committee chairman, said he hopes the Santee Sioux and nontribal authorities can find common ground.

Republican Sen. Craig Tieszen said the situation is a "jurisdictional and enforcement nightmare" since marijuana is illegal under state law, and Attorney General Marty Jackley has said any changes in tribal laws won't affect any non-Indians or any nontribal lands.

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